Saturday, January 23, 2016

Alex Wins Gold Again - Local Division Math League Competition


Song:  East Bound And Down

Artist:  Jerry Reed



Alex competed again today in the Math League Local High School Contest...
and had, once again, gotten the gold medal for the High School Division.

This is a series of six math contests to qualify for the State Math League contest
(this was the fourth in that series).

As I have previously mentioned...
Alex had already qualified for the State contest with his score on his first try...
but he wants to enter each one as he feels it will not only prepare him 
for the State competition, but for the coming AMC qualifiers for AIME

(AMC = American Mathematics Competition
AIME = American Invitational Mathematics Examination)

Alex knows that competition adds an element of stress and urgency
that merely practicing on his own does not give.

Alex loves to compete to help him improve his math skills...
and to help keep him motivated.

It is not the medals which makes him the happiest...
it is seeing himself improve with each one which does.



Alex said that although there were not so many high school students competing...
there were almost 50 elementary and middle school students
 competing in their respective divisions.

He thinks the big reason is that SATs are going on now...
and many high school students are busy preparing for it.

Alex also said that they had a countdown round similar to Mathcounts...
and that he had won that also

(A head to head competition round based on calculative accuracy and speed).




Alex coming from the competition at the UNR Math and Science building.


Alex thinks that there will be many more competitors in the final two contests...
as many have yet to compete to qualify for the State competition.


Alex will miss out on another math contest in Colorado coming soon.

We simply spent too much money on our recent trip to Japan
to be able to fly there.

Alex was one of two at his old school to qualify for it...
and his old math coach wants Alex there for it
(The Thai exchange student from the Caltech competition, and Alex).

I wish we could go...
we simply have to reserve funds for some other math contests coming later this year.


Alex is practicing hard for coming math competitions...
and as the song says...

'We've got a long way to go...
and a short time to get there'...















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